Terminal Building (1888/1889)
NE Corner of Harris Avenue and 11th Street

Whatcom Museum
4th of July Celebration in 1904

The oldest continuously occupied commercial building in the Fairhaven Historic District was the Terminal Building on the northeast corner of 11th Street and Harris Avenue. Built 1888-1889 in the High Victorian Italianate style, this structure was first called the Evans-Fick Block after two of its owners Evan Evans and Henry Fick.
There were two retail spaces on the ground floor: 1101 Harris Avenue on the corner and 1103 Harris Avenue, adjacent. Denny Butler’s Sideboard Saloon was an early occupant of the first floor corner space with George D. Pierce’s barbershop adjoining.
Photo Credit:  J.W. Sandison Collection   Whatcom Museum #1969.0021.178

An early occupant of the 1103 space was Jarvis and Odell Cigars and Billiards. The second floor, originally designed as residences, became much demanded office space for various businesses, especially real estate, reflecting the boom years of 1889-1890. Several tenants have occupied the spaces over the years, and in 1933, Will Berthiaume opened his Terminal Store on the first floor corner with a soda fountain and sundries that catered to those waiting for a trolley at the terminus of the electric streetcar line connecting downtown Bellingham with the "Southside”. This is most likely the beginning of the current reference to "Terminal Building”. 

The Terminal Building is one of two buildings in the Fairhaven Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The other building on the Register is the Fairhaven Carnegie Library built in 1904.  

Tony’s Coffee (known as Old Independent Coffeehouse) occupied the corner space, and the Harris Avenue Café adjoined at 1103 Harris.



FIRE!  The night of December 16, 2023, a disastrous fire broke out in this historic building, resulting in total destruction and loss of life.  The owner of the Harris Cafe and Old Independent Coffee House (formerly Tony's) lost his life in the conflagration.  
As of 2024, the future of this historic corner of the Fairhaven District is uncertain.  It is hoped that a new building will be constructed and reflect the era that had been embodied in the original structure that represented the Fairhaven boom of the late 1800's.



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